Advances and future directions in the study of children's neurobiological responses to trauma and violence exposure

  • Bevans K
  • Cerbone A
  • Overstreet S
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One of the most exciting developments to emerge from the field in the
past 20 years is the increasing attention to neurobiological responses
to violence and trauma exposure. Although researchers have yet to
identify a consensual pattern of neurobiological response to violence
and trauma exposure, it does appear that some type of alteration in the
hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis is likely. This article
briefly reviews the multiple moderating factors that help account for
the divergent patterns in HPA function as well as methodological
advances that will continue to improve the assessment of HPA function in
youth exposed to violence and trauma.

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  • K Bevans

  • A B Cerbone

  • S Overstreet

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